Mounted Police Barracks

Also known as:
South Australian Museum
1850 to 1851

Early settlers in South Australia were protected by marines from H.M.S. Buffalo, which had brought Governor Hindmarsh, the first Governor, to the colony.

Then in 1838, two years after settlement, when “undesirables” infiltrated the colony from New South Wales and Victoria, a force of twenty men was raised under Henry Inman. This force served until 1839, when the Legislative Council authorised the establishment of a proper police force, composed of one superintendent, two inspectors, three sergeants, and forty-seven constables. Because of the vast area to be covered, the force relied a great deal on mounted constables

In 1851 the barracks were completed.  Additions in 1854 included an armoury and residential accommodation.  The upper level was added in the mid-1880s.

Between 1985-87 the Barracks and nearby Armoury Building were extensively renovated as part of the South Australian Museum.

Current status and listings

ACH Status:
Heritage Protection:
NTSA Listed, State Heritage Listed
State Heritage ID:

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2 thoughts on “Mounted Police Barracks

  1. Out of curiosity,
    Are there any dapple grey police horses, that have not met the standers. And are available to buy.

    Thank-you. Hope to here from you

    • Hi Kathy, we would recommend contacting SA Police’s Historical Enquiries line on 8207 4099 to find out more about the horses.